Michael Appleton and the Blackpool FC first-team squad paid a visit to Trinity and Brian House Children's Hospice this afternoon with gifts for Christmas.
The likes of Thomas Ince, Matt Gilks, Matt Phillips and Stephen Crainey joined the manager, Steve Thompson and Ashley Westwood visiting the kids currently being cared for at the facility on Low Moor Road in Bispham.
"It’s always great to come here, especially at this time of the year," striker Kevin Phillips said. "For myself and the other lads in the squad who have kids of their own, I think it hits home that little bit more. An hour or so of our time is nothing to come and put some smiles on faces and see the way these dedicated staff look after the children."
Jane Molineux, Fundraising Director for Trinity Hospice, added: "Anybody who’s here can see for themselves what these visits mean to the children. It is always a highlight in the calendar when you say the squad are coming. All of the players come down and they make a lot of memories for the local children. That’s priceless and what it’s all about really.
"We rely on public donations to keep us operational so we can provide quality care for local children free of charge. We’re pretty much totally reliant on voluntary donations as we receive very little government funding.
"It’s essential that people know of the hospice, raise money for it and are aware of the valuable work that is done by the staff here.
Trinity is the ONLY local hospice for adults and children in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Supporting a community of over 365,000, Trinity care for hundreds of families affected by life limiting/threatening illnesses each and every year. To find out more about Trinity and Brian House Children's Hospice, please visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk